Naperville resident Ginny Wolf Chivas, a descendant of one of the founding families of Naperville, asked the Naperville Park District Board at their January 31 meeting to consider renaming Southwest Community Park “Wolf’s Crossing Community Park.” The new name would reflect the history of the 33-acre park site, at 3252 Wolf’s Crossing Road, which was farmed by Chivas’ great-great grandfather Amos Wolf in the 1840s.
In Chivas’ view, naming the park “Wolf’s Crossing Community Park” honors not only the Wolf family, but the community of families who established Naperville.
January 10, 2019 the board approved naming the pavilion to be built at the new park “Wolf’s Crossing Pavilion.” Interpretive signage will be created to explain the early history of the site and the signage will be funded, in part, by a $5,000 donation from Ginny Wolf Chivas. The Park District plans to begin development of the park in Summer 2019.
—Naperville Park District